What is Social Distancing?

  • You may have been hearing people talk about “social distancing” as a way we can slow the spread of the coronavirus. Social distancing, or physical distancing, means avoiding crowds, group gatherings, and keeping at least 6 feet away from others when you leave your home.

    The best way to do this is to stay at home and only leave for essentials, such as food, medicine, and fresh air. You can take walks or play outside with people you live with, but stay at least six feet away from friends, neighbors, or others you see outside. 

    Starting April 5, Mayor Walsh has asked residents to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when they leave the house and to participate in a curfew to help limit physical interactions: Boston residents are encouraged to stay inside from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am, unless they are an essential service worker. 

    BPS Stay Active Outside During COVID-19

    How can you tell if you are standing far enough away? Here are some examples to help you judge how far away six feet actually is (so you don’t have to walk around with a tape measure): 

    Two Golden Retrievers standing nose-to-tail or the width of an average sedan:

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    (Illustration by Max Pepper | CNN)

    For resources for socializing while staying at home and social distancing, check out our Wellness For Your Mind & Body page.

    For more help in understanding social distancing listen to this special children’s book written about this topic!